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BA plane turns back to Heathrow after 'engine surge'

A British Airways plane had to turn back to Heathrow Airport after experiencing engine problems on take-off.

BA said the aircraft, an Airbus A319 bound for Lyon in France had "an engine surge" and landed safely at Heathrow following the incident at around 9pm last night.

A BA spokesman said, "A flight experienced what's known as an 'engine surge' as it took off from Heathrow, but it returned and touched down safely.

"We have also scheduled a larger aircraft to operate to Lyon to ensure we can get all our customers there as soon as possible. We can understand how frustrating the delay to their plans must be."

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BA: Scottish independence could have 'positive impact'

Scottish independence could be “a positive development” for the UK’s flagship airline British Airways, the chief executive of the firm’s parent group has said.

According to The Scotsman, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), said the Scottish Government’s policy on air passenger duty (APD) meant that a Yes vote would be “marginally positive” for the industry.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh. Credit: PA

Mr Walsh told BBC Breakfast: "It might be marginally positive because, I suspect, the Scottish Government will abolish air passenger duty because they recognise the huge impact that tax has on their economy.

“So, it is probably going to be a positive development, if it does happen, for British Airways.”

Read: Ryanair boss backs Scottish independence 'if taxes cut'

Ryanair confirms flight cancellations and delays

Ryanair has confirmed a number of flight cancellations and has predicted significant delays and further cancellations for the rest of the day.

Ryan Air has confirmed cancellations. Credit: Ryan Air

The list of cancellations, posted on its website, comes amid warnings to passengers that European flights in the next two days are likely to encounter delays and disruptions as Air Traffic Control staff are planning to strike in Italy and Portugal.

How to check if your flight is affected by the strikes

Passengers planning on flying to Europe in the next two days are likely to encounter delays and disruption to European flights as Air Traffic Control staff are planning to strike in Italy and Portugal.

Airlines are advising customers, particularly those on short-haul flights, to check their websites for the status of their flights, see below for details on where to check the status of your flight.

easyjet will advise all affected passengers on flights into and out of Lisbon and on flights to and from Milan Malpensa via email. Customers can also check their flights on the airline's Flight Tracker page.

British Airways have also re-timed a number of flights to avoid the strike period and have made some cancellations. The airline advised passengers to check its website for up-to-date information concerning flights departing in the next two days.

Ryanair has a list of cancelled flights on their website and has predicted significant delays and further cancellations on Wednesday 29 January. Customers can also check the website for information on how to apply for a refund and how to rebook your cancelled flight.

Strikes expected to have 'significant impact' on flights

The European Air Traffic Control services strikes expected over the next two days in Portugal and Italy will have a significant impact on flights, according to easyJet.

A flight information board at Gatwick Airport Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The airline said it had pro-actively re-timed some flights later into and out of Lisbon in order to avoid the strike period as well as re-timing some flights to and from Milan Malpensa.

"Like all airlines flying to/ from/and over these countries, we expect it will have a significant impact on our flights during these periods.easyJet would like to reassure passengers that it will do everything possible to minimise any inconvenience for passengers," easyJet said in a statement.

British Airways (BA) have also retimed and cancelled a number of flights to and from Italy, a spokeswoman said.

"We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers affected by air traffic control strikes across Europe. We are advising customers on short-haul services to keep checking the very latest information on our website," said a spokesman for BA.

easyJet said the industrial action is likely to continue into Thursday with the French Air Traffic control staff taking part.

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British Airways wing pictured hitting airport building

Twitter user Harriet Tolputt shared this picture of the British Airways plane which clipped a building with its wing at an airport in Johannesburg.

None of the 180 passengers on board the plane were hurt but four ground employees in the damaged building sustained minor injuries.

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has launched an investigation.

British Airways plane clips wing on SA airport building

A British Airways plane bound for London clipped its wing on a nearby building as it was preparing to take off from Johannesburg on Sunday, South Africa's airports authority said.

The Boeing 747-400 carrying about 180 passengers was taxiing on the runway at O.R. Tambo International when its wing hit the building.

No one on the plane was hurt, but four ground employees who were in the building sustained minor injuries, the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said, adding that an investigation was underway.

Photos posted on social media site Twitter showed a brick building with what appeared to be an aircraft wing lodged in its top floor.

British Airways allows full mobile device use on flights

From today, BA passengers can use electronic devices throughout their flight. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

British Airways is allowing passengers to use handheld electronic devices throughout their flight.

From today, BA is letting passengers use devices from when they board to the moment they disembark, after the airline received clearance from the UK's Civil Aviation Authority.

BA's flight training manager Captain Ian Pringle said, "The easing of restrictions will provide an average of 30 minutes additional personal screen time."

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